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Some new tondo paintings

Recently, I’ve been working more and more in the circular (or tondo) format. The main result of this is that my work has been given something of a new lease on life, in particular in dealing with the compositional aspect of this change. Most paintings, generally speaking, are done in a rectangular format, the original idea being, I suppose, that the artwork was like a window or door upon another world. With a circle, that point of view changes. To me, the art piece becomes a small world unto itself. There is also a connection with the human eye, and probably other things that I haven’t thought of yet. Here are some of my favorite and very latest tondos…

Nocturne's Garden

Nocturne’s Garden, 2012, acrylic on circular canvas, 16″ diameter.

Andromeda

Andromeda, 2012, acrylic on circular canvas, 12″ diameter.

The Great Manipulator

The Great Manipulator, 2012, acrylic on circular canvas, 12″ diameter.

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The Rise of the Subhumans

This is a large scale painted drawing (if that makes sense, & I think it does) that I completed yesterday. It is surreal/apocalyptic in nature, & was partly inspired by seeing Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” the night before I started it, so some of the imagery from that movie bled over & was integrated into this piece. I highly recommend the movie, by the way…

 

The Rise of the Subhumans

The Rise of the Subhumans, 2012, acrylic on Kraft paper, 83″ x 57″ approx.

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Back Against A Night Sky

Sometimes the paintings that work the best are the small, simple ones. This one is at the minimal end of my spectrum…it was painted over an unsuccessful abstract painting of a sky, which gave the piece a little added depth and texture. The flesh of the back gains a luminosity against the flat (but infinite) black background, and the figure itself is reduced to an iconic, simple, monolithic form.

Back Against A Night Sky

Back Against A Night Sky, 2012, acrylic on board, 10″ x 8″.

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